Ottawa completes comeback, defeating Sussex County 11-7
By: Dante De Caria
Augusta, New Jersey – Maikol Gonzalez capped off a 3-for-5 night with a two-run game-winning double in the eighth inning, giving the Ottawa Champions (4-4) a 11-7 win over the Sussex County Miners (6-2) on Saturday night at Skylands Stadium.
The Ottawa Champions were trailing 5-3 going into the eighth inning before scoring five runs in the frame, and taking an 8-5 lead. Malik Collymore tied the game with a two-run triple to right-field. Then Gonzalez doubled in two and Jiandido Tromp singled up the middle, scoring Gonzalez from second.
Sussex County followed up Ottawa’s five-run top half of inning with two-runs in the bottom half. RBI singles by Angel Reyes and Try Hair brought Sussex within one, down 8-7 going to the ninth inning.
Brian Portelli and Eduard Pinto both doubled in the top of the ninth, cashing in three runs – making it 11-7 for Ottawa heading to the bottom of the ninth. The double extended Portelli’s hitting-streak to six games.
Ottawa knocked out a season-high 14-hits and six extra-base hits in the win. Outside of Gonzalez’s three hit performance, Vinny Guglietti hit his second homer of the road-trip and finished 2-for-5. All but one batter reached base via a hit, and five different Champions’ hitters had multi-hit games.
Danny Garcia made his second start of the season, tossing five innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits and five walks. Heath Bowers’ (Win, 1-0) relieved Garcia in the sixth, and allowed three inherited runners to score. After the setback – he pitched two scoreless innings before handing the ball over to closer Andrew Cooper (Save, 2) who recorded the final six outs.
The Champions made four errors for the second straight game. They have now made a league leading 17 errors this season. They will take on the Sussex County Miners tomorrow at 2:05 p.m., as Jared Mortensen gets the start in game three of their four game series.